WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Sunderland, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, AC Milan, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Aston Villa.
DAILY MAIL: Blackburn are set to approach Fulham for £2m contract rebel Andy Johnson.
Sunderland are eyeing a move for former Liverpool winger Albert Riera, who is currently with Turkish club Galatasaray.
Andre Villas-Boas insisted last night his job was not under threat as Chelsea’s season plunged into crisis. Also: Arsenal’s hopes of convincing Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott to sign new contracts have been hit by manager Arsene Wenger sparking fears over his long-term future. AC Milan are interested in signing Carlos Tevez - if the Argentine manages to sort his temperament.
THE SUN: Andre Villas-Boas insists his job is safe despite Chelsea’s worst start to a season under Roman Abramovich. Also: Harry Redknapp returns to the Tottenham dugout tonight just three weeks after heart surgery.
DAILY MIRROR: Defiant Andre Villas-Boas predicted he would not be sacked by Roman Abramovich - despite steering the Blues to their worst league start since the Russian bought the club. Also: Arsene Wenger has been reassured Arsenal are keen to keep him as boss until the end of his current contract in 2014 - at least - even if they miss a Champions League place in May.
DAILY STAR: Andre Villas-Boas last night claimed it would cost Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich too much to sack him. Also: Jermain Defoe can nick Darren Bent’s England spot for Euro 2012 - even though he can’t get in the Tottenham side.
DAILY EXPRESS: Andre Villas-Boas reacted defiantly to another Chelsea defeat and insisted last night he is not about to become the next victim of Roman Abramovich’s trigger finger. Also: Harry Redknapp was forced to delay his return to work after heart surgery but is confident it will not keep him from White Hart Lane tonight when Tottenham take on Aston Villa.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has promised manager David Moyes he will have money to spend in the January transfer window.
THE TIMES: Andre Villas-Boas insisted last night that he retains the support of Roman Abramovich despite presiding over Chelsea’s worst start to the season since the Russian bought the club eight years ago.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Everyone talked about the Ex-Factor, about whether it would be Fernando Torres or Raul Meireles biting the hand that once fed them so generously. Nobody expected the ungrateful old boy to be Glen Johnson, who tipped his former Chelsea colleagues into a deepening depression with a magnificent late winner for Liverpool. Also: Not even a third successive Premier League victory since the neighbours announced their intentions with a stunning 6-1 win at Old Trafford could mask the unprecedented feeling of discomfort that has left Manchester United more determined than ever to lift the title.
THE GUARDIAN: Andre Villas-Boas has claimed he retains the support of the Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, after a third defeat in four Premier League matches cast his side further adrift in the title race. Also: Tottenham Hotspur host Aston Villa tonight with Joe Jordan warning Darren Bent that Jermain Defoe could yet dislodge him from the England squad for next summer’s European Championship.
THE INDEPENDENT: Andre Villas-Boas is adamant Roman Abramovich will grant him time to rebuild Chelsea in his own image despite a third defeat in their last four games against Liverpool yesterday. Also: Sepp Blatter has admitted that more members of the troubled Executive Committee that oversees Fifa could be forced out of office next month when details of the infamous ISL bribe case are released.